Agile Management of the Modern App

Guest post by Adam Gallant

In my job at Microsoft, I get the privilege of interaction with hundreds of development customers of all shapes and sizes across the country. One of the trends that I’m seeing in every customer, of every size, is that application development is changing pretty dramatically. All across the country, people that used to only use computing devices for work now have devices and experiences everywhere they go, all the time, and have little or no tolerance for lack of functionality, or poor quality. In the workplace, or in general life, IT has transformed through consumerization. Your customers expect frequent updates, not major releases.

To meet these challenges, Visual Studio has evolved dramatically over the past years, into a complete platform for rapidly delivering high quality, supportable applications targeting a broad array of scenarios. It’s also evolved to allow teams to collaborate much more effectively, even when they’re spread out over vast distances. No matter how you build applications, the size of your organization, or what your role is, Visual Studio 2012 helps you get there faster!

ALM Agility Webcast Series

To help you and your organization explore some of the new solutions to common Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) challenges, we’ve arranged a special ALM Agility Webcast Series in February with our ALM Business Partners.

Tools Enabling Teamwork
Modern software development is more than just individuals writing and debugging code. In this webcast, we’ll take a look at how Visual Studio 2012 helps the team manage the Application Lifecycle flow. We’ll cover topics including Product Backlog, Code Reviews, Code Comparison, and Rollback. REGISTER >>
ALM as a Service
If you’re not quite ready for a sophisticated solution to managing your Application Lifecycle, then Visual Studio Team Foundation Service 2012 is for you. In this webcast, we’ll explore the new ALM service and what it can do for you. We’ll talk about the new service capabilities and things you should consider before going online for your ALM. REGISTER >>
DevOps: Development, Operations, and You
IT Operations is often left out of application lifecycle management. Getting an application into operations is just the first phase of the lifecycle. Getting real and actionable diagnostics from operations can really help reduce the overall cost of maintaining and upgrading systems. Together, we’ll explore options available to bring operations into the application lifecycle, breaking down the barriers between development, test, and operations. REGISTER >>

I know how difficult it is to find the right information quickly, and to help you find the info you need, or discover some of the capabilities in Visual Studio 2012 that you may not even know about, I’ve put together a collection of resources that I like to call Visual Studio WebChunks. These quick videos and related information are meant to get you pointed in the right direction as quickly as possible. And just like software development, this site will be evolving rapidly, so I hope you check it out and tell me what you think!

I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you online.

-- Adam

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